Our History

Child Care Aware® of Kansas (formerly Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency) has been the state’s leading source for child care information, referrals, professional development, and information for more than twenty years.

The following timeline provides a snapshot
of our evolving roles and growth:

1990: Organizational Meeting
1991: Passed Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Received 501(c)3 Tax Status
1993: Received first funding from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services CCR&Rs serving 30 counties
1997: Administered family child care provider grants for SRS
1998: Received funding for Professional Development planning and implementation for the early childhood field Received funding from Kansas Health Foundation and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for uniform data collection system
1999: Received funding to support Infant/Toddler Specialists in each of the R&Rs (a first in the country)
2000: Awarded first T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® KANSAS Scholarship to child care providers caring for children a minimum of 30 hours per week
2001: Received funding from Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Child Care WAGE$® KANSAS salary supplements for child care providers
2002: Launched first edition of KANSAS Child
2004: Launched Oral Health Education project (QTIP-OH!) specific to the early childhood field
2005: Launched pilot of Kansas Quality Rating System
2007:
  • Completed redesigned of Kansas R&R Network
  • Created 3 call centers offering specialized services for families needing assistance locating and accessing child care. Provided families a toll free number to access critical information.
2008: Developed a partnership with five other state-level agencies that collectively submitted a Block grant to the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, which received funding totaling over 6 million dollars
2009: Achieved NACCRRA Quality Assured March, 2009
2010: Began implementation of Lexie’s Law – including professional development requirements that increased the number required for child care providers
2011:
  • Completed all ARRA projects that were started in 2010
  • Launched Child Care Aware Training AcademyTM
  • Updated and distributed Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas
2012:
  • Created the Statewide Child Care Referral Center
  • Media Outreach included a bill board campaign
  • Final funding year of the Kansas Early Learning Collaborative (KELC)
  • Healthy Kansas Kids expanded into the Early Childhood Wellness efforts
  • Military Child Care Liaison (MCCL) contract began
  • Launched the statewide professional development calendar
2013:
  • Eight Early Childhood Days of Learning was carried out
  • Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood contract began
  • From six CCR&R regions to four
2014:
  • Piloted New Wave, a new online training system
  • Expanded the Step It Up Challenge project to include family child care facilities
  • Partnered with Kansas Head Start to host a joint conference
  • Created and distributed a yearly planner resource for child care providers throughout Kansas
2015:
  • Launched a breastfeeding endorsement for child care programs
  • Piloted a new Kansas QRIS
  • Executed the Child Care Workforce Study
  • Hosted the first Child Care Resource and Referral Agency’s Taskforce meeting
2016: Celebrate 25 years of service